For the next few Wednesday I will bring a slightly different view of the Beatitudes so you can comment, think about. I don’t have all the insights in the world, although I AM Irish and that should give me a leg up on the competition. Fear is a great manipulator don’t you think? During the 8 years of the Bush administration fear was used most effectively. We tend to give up our decision making and free will talents without question to the people who say they can keep us safe. In other words, the very thing which separates us from the rest of creation, the ability to choose for good or ill is given away in exchange for safety. So to, it seems that the 10 commandments are to be obeyed because we fear being punished.
Then the Beatitudes come along and we are thrown for a loop. Who knows how we peace make? Who knows we are meek and humble? These are the invitations to greatness that go on with out the fire and brimstone punishment of the commandments. I am not saying, of course that we should kill and slander and steal. No, those are not good things. But to not do them out of love and not fear of punishment shows great maturity and gives us back control over our decisions.
So, today, I will be looking at one of the Beatitudes and offering the invitation to participate. Like any invitation, especially to love, the invite can be turned down. How is that different from the invitation to love God? So Today’s Beatitude is:
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
meek (me-k) pronunciation
adj., meek·er, meek·est.
1. Showing patience and humility; gentle.
2. Easily imposed on; submissive.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. Answers.com 09 Aug. 2007.
The simple minded would equate ‘meekness’ with ‘weakness’ and probably stretching a point, unpatriotic (hey they rhyme). This is not the case. Some of the strongest people in history were meek. I’m thinking of Moses, Jesus or Mother Teresa. My understanding of meekness, is humble-ness. Humble means no one is better than me or less than me. From the most powerful in Washington or the homeless in the Tenderloin in San Francisco. Meekness is the ability to look anyone in the eye and see equality without the trappings or costume. Many believe that they can only find G-d in church or in Yosemite Valley, in other words, a place. But this is not completely true. I believe if you cannot see G-d somewhere in your brother’s eye, you will never find G-d in church no matter how many “Amens” you say with your hands up and your eyes closed.
Being meek means you can place yourself in with the rest of humanity and if you have the talent and inclination, make that humanity better. (After all, at the end of each day the creator looked on his work and declared it “good” which is a comparative adjective, the next being “better.”)
So our job is to help those who have more power than us, to do what is good for humanity and not just for their present political position. Meekness is contagious, be a carrier!
And so it goes…